How can I learn about genetic disorders in my family?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The Surgeon General's Family Health History Initiative is a program set up by the U.S. government to help Americans learn about their family health histories. This program is located on the web and contains a tool, My Family Health Portrait. The tool will help you collect and organization information that you can enter into a chart. The chart will give you a good picture of your family's health history, including any genetic disorders.  This chart can also be taken to your physician for review and referral to a genetic counselor as needed.

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